Thursday, 4 August 2011
There was an item on the BBC's News at Six this evening about the number of people addicted to their smartphones. "Some people" the reporter said with an accusatorial incredulance "actually use their smartphones whilst on the loo." There was a blog post this evening on CJ's blog entitled Must Just Send a Quick Text... . I left my mobile (cell) phone at home by mistake for several hours on Tuesday and I survived. I've had mobile phones for over 21 years. I have had a post about my phones in draft for several months but haven't yet posted it.
I learned the Greek alphabet from The Schoolboy's Pocket Book at the age of about 11 whilst sitting on the loo. It's been invaluable for the last 50 years when doing crosswords. Time and motion study proponent Frank Bunker Gilbreth used to put information on the back of the bathroom door for the children to learn. I have never attempted to work out how much of one's life is spent on the loo but it has always seemed to me that it is not time to be wasted.
I have an HTC Desire S smartphone. Like my camera, it is usually within reaching distance. It gets switched off or put in silent mode when it is socially unacceptable for it to burst into some form of life. I use it to communicate orally, by SMS and by email. I use it to access the internet for information and use many apps.
I see nothing wrong with any of that and I am not apologising for it.
My name is Graham and I am a phonaholic.